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Characters: The Queen's Thief
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Eddis Helen

The Minister of War

Attolia Irene



Costis Ormentiedes

  • Badass
  • Berserk Button: The honor of the Queen's guard, his own honor, honor in general.
  • The Chew Toy: Most of the third book is about him getting punished, ostracized, provoked, humiliated, being called out in the middle of the night because the king has gone nuts...
  • Did I Say That Out Loud: Costis' response to Eugneides saying the way he can get out of serving him is if both he and Attolia were killed and he instead served their heir, an option Eugenides says is unlikely. To which Costis asks if he means both of them dying or them making a heir. It's only after the words leave his mouth that he realizes what a huge mistake he made in saying them...
  • Honor Before Reason: Seems to be a theme with members of the Guard, but even they think Costis takes it too far.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: He sees himself as one to Attolia, mentally referring to her as "my Queen" rather than the more proper "Your Majesty".
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: To Eugenides.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Attolia at first, then eventually Eugenides as well. It causes him no amount of conflicting emotions.


Baron Erondites

Erondites the Younger (Dite)



The Magus



  • Awesome Moment of Crowning
  • Badass
  • Bad Liar
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He tries to win over the barons with an idealistic speech about how they need to ally with Eddis and Attolia. It doesn't work. So he shoots the chief conspirator against him very dead and asks for a new vote. They confirm him as King unanimously.
  • Break the Cutie: During A Conspiracy of Kings, when he is kidnapped, becomes a slave, and is generally thrust neck-deep into the cutthroat politics of his world, where everyone is trying to manipulate him.
  • The Bus Came Back: He doesn't appear at all in the middle two books, but he's the protagonist of the fourth.
  • Comes Great Responsibility: During the fourth book, he realizes that he's done his family, servants, and country a huge disservice by not putting any effort into being a plausible, intimidating heir to his uncle.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: A Conspiracy of Kings is about this.
  • Heroic Self-Deprecation: He thinks of himself as a spineless weakling unworthy to succeed his uncle. At one point he says that he has a gift, which is knowing when he is an ass.
  • Made a Slave: He's hidden by his kidnappers this way in Conspiracy of Kings, along with some beating to make his face unrecognizable. He actually likes it better than being the heir.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: In A Conspiracy of Kings. Everyone thinks he's an idiot and his emotions show on his face. So he lets everyone think he's a gormless, naive dolt while he plans to show them all that he is 1. smart and 2. definitely ruthless enough to succeed his uncle.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something
  • Took a Level in Badass: During A Conspiracy of Kings.



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